High Hopes for Providence 2014 Recruiting Class

Ed Cooley

Providence head coach Ed Cooley is known for his success on the recruiting trail and there are big expectations for the 2014 class.  With five scholarships open, Cooley and his staff have been hard at work trying to land some of the best prospects in the nation.

Cooley’s dedication to the recruiting process paid off last month when Jalen Lindsay (Nashville, Tenn./Huntington Prep) committed to the Friars.  Lindsay, ranked 32nd by ESPN, was one of the most sought after small forwards in the class. 

The Friars have attended Lindsay’s high school games in the past and didn’t miss any of his AAU games this past summer.  Last season, Lindsay lead Christ Presbyterian to a state title but will transfer to Huntington Prep for his senior season.

The 6’7” forward will be able to contribute major minutes for the Friars right away.  He chose Providence over Tennessee, Memphis and Mississippi State. 

Lindsay was the first commitment for Cooley in the 2014 class and set the tone for what kind of talent he expects to fill the remaining scholarships. 

Cooley has stayed persistent with the other potential Friars that he is hoping to land soon.  Another priority recruit for Providence, Abdul-Malike Abu, (Boston, Ma./Kimball Union Academy) has narrowed his list down to Providence, UConn, Florida and NC State. 

Abu is ranked 44th by ESPN and is known for his high-energy play and athletic build.  He uses his strength to draw contact and finish at the rim, often times with a slam-dunk.  In the past, Abu has said Providence has recruited him the hardest, which may play a role in his decision. 

Another factor in his decision may be Jared Terrell (Weymouth, Ma./Brewster Academy).  The duo has mentioned that they are a potential package deal and recently took an official visit to Providence together. 

The shooting guard is ranked 76th in the 2014 class and has narrowed his list of schools down to Providence, Cincinnati, Rhode Island and Oklahoma State.  The only school in common for Abu and Terrell is Providence, meaning Cooley has a great shot at getting both of them. 

Abu and Terrell plan to announce their decision together in September. 

To balance out the recruiting class, Cooley is after Pascal Chakwu (Westport, Conn./Fairfield College Prep), ranked 58th by ESPN.   The center stands 7’1” and would give the Friars a major shot blocking presence down low on the defensive end. 

Chakwu has been on the Providence campus a lot over the past few years to scrimmage with the team and play at elite camp.  Cooley was one of the first coaches to show interest in Chakwu and has developed a good relationship with him through the recruiting process.